An Introduction To Community Poker

Posted September 2, 2009 by Andrew in Articles

Community PokerCommunity poker is perhaps one of the most played groups of poker games today. The name community poker is derived from the fact that some cards are shared by all the players. Quite obviously, these are the community cards. Though there are many different kinds of community poker games, the basic idea behind them is the same.

A specific number of cards are first dealt to each player – the number of which depends on the type of community poker. After the players get their cards, a certain number of cards are then laid out on the table. These are the community cards. Once again, the number of community cards would depend on the type of community poker being played. The community cards can be flipped one at a time or several at a time, with a round of betting going on after each card is flipped. When all the community cards are flipped, there is one last round of betting. What happens is that some or all of the community cards may be used by any player to compliment his own hand.

So what are the differences between community poker games?

Some say that it is basically in the layout of the community cards. To make the games more varied and exciting, different community poker games have evolved to include different rules.

Let’s take a look at some of the most common types of community poker according to the geometrical layout of the community cards. The most commonly employed shape is the line and the most popular poker game that falls under this category is Texas Hold ‘Em Poker. We will talk about Texas Hold ‘Em in future posts. Another popular line game is the Cincinnati. While only 2 cards are dealt out to each player in Texas Hold ‘Em, up to 3 cards can be dealt out in Cincinnati. More so, the community cards in Cincinnati add up to 4, making a total of 7 cards from which a player may make a hand of 5.

Another layout of community cards is the cross. There are several variations as to how this is carried out but the Iron Cross is the most popular. The card in the intersection of the cross adds spice to the game as different stipulations may be centered around it. It is usually flipped open last.

The circle is not as common as the other two geometrical patterns in community poker. It does not take a rocket scientist to figure out that the community cards are placed in a circle. Cards may be flipped one at a time or several at a time, depending on the dealer. An additional stipulation is that players should only use cards which are adjacent to each other.

Perhaps the most exciting element of community games is the betting. Betting occurs in between the flipping of cards. Betting structures differ with every type of game but the norm is that the betting is started by the player to the left of the dealer.


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Andrew

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